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  1. I know there are already a few threads which briefly touch on this lens, but I want to know: What do you think about the little 21mm f/4 Voigtländer? After planning a few photo trips this year, I thought I need a wide angle. Until now, my NEX-7 with the 12mm Zeiss Touit did the job, but I no longer wanted to bring that rather large combination with me all the time. My Billingham Hadley small still has a little room, and my M-system lacks a wide angle lens (I currently only have a 50mm and a 90mm Summicron). So today, I found a deal at leicashop.com (a well known Vienna-based Leica dealer), so I ordered the Color-Skopar 21mm f/4 together with the old 21mm Voigtländer viewfinder for €420. As I can still cancel the order - or simply send back the lens later - I would love to get some input. My Touit is a great wide angle lens, and I don't want to loose too much image quality. Speed is not a concern - since the M (240) can't do exposures longer than 8 seconds at high ISO anyway, night landscapes are out of question, and that's about the only thing where I need speed in a wide angle lens. So have you shot with the lens? Could you post some images made with it? Is the color shift a severe problem? The internet isn't filled well enough with information about this lens, unfortunately, so thank you in advance for any thoughts!
  2. Hello guys , I just bought a 21mm Elmarit f2.8 lens (the old one) for my Leica MP Typ 240. Really enjoyed the lens. I just noticed that its min focus distance is 0.7 while i read on the internet that you can find a version that focus at 0.38. Any other differences between the two lenses ? Somebody here have experience with the close focus version ? I took some Street Pictures and wrote a little article for my blog: www.walkingphotographer.net/blog/21mm-street-photography Thanks for your time ! Eolo www.walkingphotographer.net
  3. Curious about the EVF-2, the Olympus specs do Not offer any help, i am wondering what the practical limitations of using Wide Angels lenses with the M240 and an EVF-2 are. My Q: What is the Widest lens that will work in a usable way with the EVF-2, before having to purchase a dedicated Wide Angle VF if anyone has experience?
  4. Hi, I am new Leica IIIf user. Is it possible to use Super Angulon 21/3.4 on LTM body? Leica Wiki shows some units are compatible but one of my friend told me SA21/3.4 is only for M mount. Please enlighten me. Best
  5. Hello all, I've got a question regarding my Super Angulon 21mm f/3.4. I've recently been using the lens with color transparency film as opposed to the usual black and white, and I haven't been very satisfied with the results. Not sure if the lens needs to be serviced, or maybe this is just the way the lens renders with Velvia 100. What I've been noticing is that the lens doesn't seem to have that distinct Leica clarity. It seems to be sharp, but to me not nearly as detailed as my other Leica glass. I'm not shooting with the newest optics by any means. Currently a Summaron 35mm f/3.5, Summicron Collapsible 50mm f/2, Tele Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 (FAT) and a Tele Elmar 135mm f/4. All of these lenses have that distinct sharpness and 'pop'. So I was just wondering what you guys think. Could it just need a CLA, or is this just the nature of the optic? I've done as much research as I could find online, I read that it is a sharp lens with a unique character. But I would say the same is true of all the lenses I use, so I can't figure out why this SA would be lacking, causing me to see this distinct difference. Here is a link to some image comparisons to show what I'm talking about: link Thank you all greatly! Kyle
  6. Hi all. So looks like there is no end to my bad luck having to send lenses to Leica for repair or adjustment. This time my Super-Elmar-M 21mm has developed a wobble in front part of the lens. I guess I am not the only one who had this issue with the Super-Elmar-M in the past. But I would need some advice. How long usually fixing wobble issues has taken at Wetzlar? I found this video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZL3WojYoXQ). Is same kind of procedure possible to do by yourself for the SEM 21? I would just hate to wait again 3-4 months for a lens repair, because it is my favourite lens and I use it almost every week... Is it covered by warranty? Lens was bought less than 2 years ago. If you have experience on having to pay for fixing wobble issues how much has it usually cost? I know I should give them (Leica Service) a call go get answers for my questions. But I still would like to know what I am dealing with. Thank you very much for answers
  7. Another from Torres del Paine Parque Nacional in southern Chile. This one was with the 21mm SEM on my M240. It is a single 8 second exposure. Patagonia #15 by Jeff Parsons, on Flickr
  8. Hi all, I think I'll give up with SEM 21 after tried 2 misaligned samples, so I'm looking for alternatives for use with both M and SL. As for Leica lenses, Summilux is pricey and doesn't seem to worth it if you don't need f/1.4 on a UWA lens - I don't. Elmarit Asph was pretty good on film (I've had one with M6s), don't know on sensor. It's not cheaper than an used SEM, however. How good is the Zeiss Biogon 21/2.8? On paper looks very good, and at a fair price... does it work well on SL? How is corner sharpness? Alternatives? Ultron 21/1.8, any good? Thank you S.
  9. Hi, is the 21 SEM supposed to have a high level of astigmatism? I took a few night pictures yesterday and all the small lights have a (sagittal?) tail attached to it across the frame (see attached, M10, f3.4 wide open). I'm quite surprised at this as my copy is otherwise edge-to-edge sharp and renders amazingly during the day, just shockingly unusable during the night - even when stopped down a bit, which is a bit disappointing for this highly corrected ASPH. lens. If this is the norm, would anyone be able to suggest a wide angle lens (<28mm) with relatively less astigmatism? Thanks.
  10. Hi all, I have been reading on this forum for a long time, but never posted before, so first let me introduce myself. My name is Ole, I am from Norway, and I have been into photography for nearly a decade. Hence, I am still a junior:) A month ago I both my first Leica film camera, a nearly mint M3 from 1966. I love shooting with 50mm, so when deciding between an M2, M3 and M6 the choice was easy. I also have an M246 which I couldn't be more happy with. In addition, I have a Sony A7 for convenience, and because my wife forbids me from selling it ("we need a camera that can take colour photos of our future kids"). Yes, we are expecting one later this year:) Moving on. When I bought the M246 I quickly opted for the Zeiss C Biogon 21/4.5 as my UWA. My rationale was that this lens would give me what I needed for the least amount of $$$. The colour issues are not a problem on the M246, and the lens have plenty of qualities. In fact, in many ways its a real gem - small, nearly zero distortion, and plenty of sharpness in central and midfield areas. Towards the edges the sharpness drops rather quickly though. And, as many of you know, the lens vignettes A LOT. On a digital camera with a histogram I can overcome this. But what about on a film camera? Have any of you used this lens on a film camera, and how do you usually expose? Does it vignette as much on film as it does on a digital camera? I know, the best way to find out is to go out and test, which I will do as soon as I get 21mm viewfinder. But until then it would be very nice to hear your experiences with this little gem:) Thanks for reading. All the best, Ole
  11. I have been using the Leica 21mm Super Elmar lens over the last year more and more and have been really blown away with the quality of this lens. I have attached a couple of favorites, and if of interest, I have posted a small review on my site: https://photobasecamp.com/review-leica-21mm-super-elmar/ Thanks so much for taking a look! Mike
  12. I am a new Leica M9 user and I bought my camera with a 50mm Summicron f/2. Doing a lot of travelling I felt last week in Chicago that I really need to go wide when shooting skylines, architecture and interiors (it was the art museum). In two weeks I will go to India and I really want something before that trip. I have been thinking of both the Super Elmar M 21mm and the Elmarit M 28mm ASPH and I am going back and forth between them. I am quite well aware of the positives and negatives of them but cannot make up my mind! What would be the recommendation from you using these lenses today in your daily photography and when traveling?
  13. I just bought the Leica 21mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M (1991 60mm filter version from Canada) through ebay and awaiting shipping. I was into buying this lens as new (Super Elmar f/3.4) but I got a very good deal on this one including the Leica view finder so I did not hesitate to buy. But I have problems to find any reviews of this lens. There are many reviews of the same ASPH but not w/o the ASPH. Does anyone own one like this or have tested one? What is your experience and is there something special to think about?
  14. Taken in La Defense Grande Arche, Paris Leica M9, 21mm Summilux f/1.4 ASPH 21mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO 160
  15. taken on a ferris wheel on top of a shopping centre in Osaka, Japan HEP FIVE/ヘップファイブー大阪・梅田・赤い観覧車のファッションビル handheld shot with Leica M9, 21mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH
  16. taken with Leica M9, 21mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH with Lee 0.6 ND Filter
  17. Within Lightroom 4 there is a decent selection of lens profiles for the Leica M (as well as the S), but when attempting to download more in the Adobe Lens Profile Downloader not a single lens is shown when selecting "Leica" from the "Camera Make" column. I would think that at least the existing profiles would be there, but nothing! I am looking for a solution to correct for the color cast of the Cosina-Voigtländer 15mm and 21mm M lenses on the Leica M9. I bought the Super-Elmar M 18mm as a compromise, but I decided to go with the Leica 21mm and ditch the rest. In the meantime, I still need to correct the images I have made with the CV 15mm and 21mm. Does Lightroom 4 have the ability to correct these color casts like Cornerfix, or am I barking up the wrong tree? If not, where can I download Cornerfix profiles? Must I make my own?
  18. Hello people, I am a newbie, both to this forum and leica, so please forgive me if i ask stupid or outdated questions... so basically i'm trying to decide on a 21mm lens... i've heard people saying that you buy the Lux for the large aperture for low light and creative shooting and you buy the SEM for higher quality landscape photography.... but still wanna hear from your experience, is it correct to say that 21/3.4 produces better IQ than 21/1.4 throughout? i.e. only real shortfall of 21/3.4 is the small aperture?? Or, if you stop down 21/1.4 to f3.4 and smaller the IQ is comparable or same as 21/3.4? and would the discontinued 21/2.8 ASPH be a good compromise in aperture size and IQ??? Not considering other factors such as price, size/weight, non-Leica lenses... Thank you all in advance....
  19. taken in Pulau Ubin, an Island off Singapore during sunset. Leica M9, 21mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH, Hi-Tech 1.2 ND, 0.6 GND Soft Filters 21mm, f/11, 60sec, ISO 160
  20. i do have an old Zeiss 21mm (Contessa?) hotshoe finder. It's fine so far, however, the magnification is somewhat small. I did find a spec sheet of the Voigtländer 21 (plastic) finder where they rated the mag with 0,42. Is the metal one the same? The Leica finders (old plastic and metal) seem to have 0,3. Does someone know the specs of the Zeiss 21 finder?
  21. http://soundvisionpassion.com/2011/1...-color-skopar/ Hey everyone! I finally got my review up of this little lens. The 21mm F/4 is a fantastic lens. It doesn't change the world over, but for a 21mm lens, it is pretty darn amazing when it's price is factored in. I found a method of focusing to .5m on the M8 that works every time in the field. (even wide open!) I can nail sharp focus. I don't know if this works with other .5m lenses yet...but maybe someone can try it with the new 35 1.2. You can see detailed shot of how to focus to .5 in the write up! Let me know if this works for you as well!
  22. I'm thinking about getting a 21mm lens for my M9. Past reviews have liked the Zeiss Biogon f2.8 ZM lens with great performance at a price significantly lower than its Leica counterpart. Recently Lloyd Chambers has put a warning on his Zeiss ZM lens recommendations saying that Zeiss now adjusts the focus of the lenses for film and they no longer focus properly on the M9. Can anyone substantiate this problem? What experience have other had with the 21mm Biogon ZM on the M9?
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